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Movies and television, theater, DVD, YouTube ...


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Historic movies  


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Lord of the Rings Fans:


The Hunt for Gollum  (www.thehuntforgollum.com)
(An independent film, which can be viewed online.  This fills in a scene from "The Lord of the Rings" with some pretty good look alikes.  Was tipped off from twitter by the tolkienlibrary, www.tolkienlibrary.com - S. K. Smith)


Born of Hope  (www.bornofhope.com)
(Another independent film, which can be viewed online.  This is a prequel  from "The Lord of the Rings." 
"A scattered people, the descendents of storied sea kings of the ancient West, struggle to survive in a lonely wilderness as a dark force relentlessly bends its will toward their destruction. Yet amidst these valiant, desperate people, hope remains. A royal house endures unbroken from father to son."
Read more:  Lord Of The Rings prequel made by a fanatic using her £25,000 life savings scores 500,000 views on the internet)


BBC News - Why are fantasy world accents British?  (bbc.co.uk)
(British accents are classy.)
The Lord of the Rings Movies (tk421.net/lotr/film/)


Lord of the Rings - Requiem for a dream  (youtubecom)
(music video for Lord of the Rings)

How Lord of The Rings Should Have Ended  (youtubecom)
(Some humor - and wisdom - here.   Of course, if they did it like this there would be no triology or block buster movies.)
Big Emotions  (youtube.com)
 (Various moving scene with Enya's Last Time by Moonlight)
I am no man!  (youtube.com)
 (From Return of the King (2003) - let's here it for women!.)
Lighting of the Beacons  (youtube.com)
 (From Return of the King (2003) - another good scene.)
Sam's Speech (youtube.com)
 (From the Two Towers (2002) - the Good worth fighting for.)

Hobbit News:

 TIME Exclusive: First Look at Balin and Dwalin from ‘The Hobbit’ Movie  (newsfeed.time.com)
("An Exclusive Look at 'The Hobbit' Dwarves")

THE HOBBIT Trailer HD  (youtube.com)
("The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. ...')


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American Express - 

Seinfeld and Superman series:

Superman, Seinfeld and Lois  (youtube.com)

A uniform used to mean something  (youtube.com)

Hindsight is 20/20  (youtube.com)

Best Ad Ever   
Budweiser - Clydesdales 9/11/11 Tribute Ad (youtube.com)
("Budweiser 9/11/11 Tribute Ad as seen on Sunday September 11th 2011.")
Funny Ads   

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British Films:

Amazing Grace (2006)  (youtube.com)
("Amazing Grace is a 2006 film about the campaign against the slave trade in 19th century Britain, led by William Wilberforce, who was responsible for steering anti-slave trade legislation through the Brtish parliament. The title is a reference to the hymn "Amazing Grace" and the film also recounts John Newton's writing of the hymn and highlights his influence on Wilberforce".)


Chariots of Fire    (youtube.com)
( Chariots of Fire (1981) is the true story about "two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian who compete in the 1924 Olympics."  I found this scene inspiring as Eric Liddell reads from Isaiah  40:12-31 . - S. K. Smith)
Keeping Mum:  Song of Solomon   (youtube.com)
(I found the British dark comedy, Keeping Mum (2005), intriguing and unique for using the  The Song of Solomon as a turning point.  In this clip, the Vicar reads passages from the Bible to re-ignite passion into his marriage at a critical time when his wife is on the cusp of plunging into an adulterous affair with a real creep. - S. K. Smith)

The King's Speech

The King's Speech (2010) (youtube.com)
(The King's Speech won Best Picture and Colin Firth, best actor.  - S. K. Smith)

Speaking Unto Nations  (youtube.com)
(One of the most moving scenes ...See how long it stays up there..  - S. K. Smith

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Classic books:

A Tale of Two Cities (final)  (youtube.com)
("The final scene from the 1935 movie from Dicken's A Tale of Two Cities.")

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Casablanca - La Marseillaise  (YouTube.com)
("Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid,  Set during World War II, it focuses on a man torn between, in the words of one character, love and virtue.")

Charlie Chaplin:  The Great Dictator (1940)

(This 1940 film was Charlie Chaplin's first "Talkie."  It was very bold and prophetic for its time, as it conceived on the cusp of World War Two and the rise of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany.  A Jewish barber, recovering from amnesia, is a dead ringer for the dictator of Tomainia, Adenoid Hynkel.  The symbol of the dictator's regime is the double cross, which is enforced by Storm Trooper.  See more:  The Great Dictator.)

Charlie Chaplin: Scene in the jewish ghetto  (YouTube.com)
("This film made in 1940, after
  Kristallnacht 1938, predicted many of the tragic events that would affect European jewry in the period 1940-1945, including  the extermination camps. Charlie Chaplin was truly a genius.")

The Great Dictator- Globe Scene  (YouTube.com)
("A classic scene of cinema, Chaplin's dance with the globe.

The Great Dictator - speech  (YouTube.com)
("This is the climax to the 1940 Charlie Chaplin film "The Great Dictator

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feature length cartoons:


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937):

Heigh Ho!  (youtube.com)
(Note:  I see these dwarfs were into mining much like the dwarfs in Tolkien's Hobbit and Lords of the Rings.  - S. K. Smith)

Love's First Kiss (Finale)  (youtube.com)
("Over 70 years old.. yet, it is so timeless..")

Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996):

God Help The Outcasts  (youtube.com)

 Hellfire  (youtube.com)

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faith-based film (faithbasedfilm.com)
("blog and news postings.")

Movie Recommendations  (sermonfollowup.org)
(Some intriguing trailers.)

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Historic Movies:



The 18th century:

Amadeus - Salieri views Mozarts music and has an epiphany   (youtube.com)
("Amadeus is a stage play written in 1979 by the English dramatist Peter Shaffer, loosely based on the lives of the composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. Shaffer then adapted Amadeus for a film released in 1984.")

Barry Lyndon (1975)   (youtube.com)
("Barry Lyndon is a 1975 period film by Stanley Kubrick loosely based on the 1844 novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray. It recounts the exploits of a 18th century Irish adventurer, particularly his rise and fall in English society.")

Note:  Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major, D. 929 (Op. 100) is very moving.  It was one of the last compositions completed by Franz Schubert,  published bin late 1828, shortly before the composer's death.

The Civil War:

Gone with the Wind:

Gone with the Wind  (youtube.com)
( from the 1939 movie  from Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind)

Then/Now Special: The Stars of 'Gone With the Wind'   (foxnews.com)
("More than seventy years after its release in 1939, the Oscar-winning film "Gone With the Wind" remains a piece of Hollywood history.")

The Turn of the Century:

Titanic (1997) - Nearer My God to Thee  (youtube.com)
(This scene from the 1997 film is very moving - as it captures the doom of the ship as the passengers face eternity..)

The Russian Revolution:

Dr. Zhivago - The Private Life is Dead  (youtube.com)
(This 1965 film based on Boris Pasternak's novel about the Bolshevik Revolution.)


The Great Depression:

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)   (youtube.com)
(John Ford's 1940 film based on John Steinbeck's novel about the Great Depression about .)

The Sting  (youtube.com)
(Theme of The Sting, in memory of the passing of Paul Newman on September 26, 2008.)

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) - Atticus Finch Delivers Closing   (americanrhetoric.com/MovieSpeeches)
("Atticus Finch delivers his Closing Argument at the Trial of Tom Robinson" in To Kill a Mockinbird.)

World War Two:

Patton (1970)  (YouTube.com)
(Critics pick - Patton, the portrait of a maverick general starring George C. Scott.)



Remembering the Holocaust in Film  (networkedblogs.com)
("The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust.:  This weblog has a list of recommended films.")

Schindler's List

Schindler's List  (YouTube.com)
(Scenes  from Schindler's List - Theme Itzhak Perlman)

Movie Speech from Schindler's List - Farewell Address to Jewish Factory Workers    (americanrhetoric.com/MovieSpeeches
("Oskar Schindler Addresses 1200 Jewish Brunnlitz Factory Workers And Nazi Guards")

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Dead Poet Society (1989) - Carpe Diem  (youtube.com)
("Carpe Diem - A scene from the film Dead Poets Society 1989 - Starring Robin Williams")

Forrest Gump (1994)  (youtube.com)
(One of the last scenes in Forrest Gump - Forrest and Jenny.)

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Movie Trailers:

Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer (youtube.com)
(Very amusing "template" for a great movie trailer. - S. K. Smith)

Los 33 - The Chilean Miners film trailer  (youtube.com)
("An extraordinary Hollywood cast for the amazing true story of the Chile miners. The movie the whole world is waiting for."  I'd love to really see this. :) - S. K. Smith)

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42nd Street  (youtube.com)
("The final dancing and singing number from the film 42nd Street (1933)")
Gold Diggers of 1933 - Remember My Forgotten Man?  (youtube.com)
(he producer is inspired for a great show, then Joan Blondell sings in this final scene from thet Gold Diggers of 1933.  This pageant captures the spirit of the Great Depression.)
Porgy & Bess - Summertime  (youtube.com)
("Summertime is an aria composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess.")
Show Boat (1936) - Ol' Man River  (youtube.com)
(Paul Robeson is my favorite singer in this poignant story - Show Boat.)

Yankee Doodle Dandy - Over There   (youtube.com)
(Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) "James Cagney portraying George M. Cohan, the song he wrote during WWI that boosted the morale and patriotism of an untold number of Americans during this time.")
Oklahoma  (youtube.com)
(The final song of Oklahoma (1955).)
The Music Man - Ya Got Trouble (1962)   (youtube.com)
("The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo. The film is based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name by Meredith Willson.")
The Sound of Music - Edelweiss  (youtube.com)
(This is my favorite song from The Sound of Music (1965).)
Fiddler on the Roof: Sunrise, Sunset   (youtube.com)
("Beautifully sung marriage procession from the movie: Fiddler On The Roof (1971) ")

O Brother,Where Art Thou? - Constant Sorrow  (youtube.com)
(Theme from  O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000))

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Castle  (Examiner.com)
("National Castle Examiner - TV | There is just something about watching a writer ride along and help a detective solve her cases with her and her coworkers.")

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Old Movies 
- like real, real old:

Arctic Canada caught on 1919 silent film (bbc.co.uk)
("One of the world's early documentaries featured unique footage of the lives of Arctic fur trappers in 1919.")

Frankenstein (1910) - Full Movie  (youtube.com)
("Frankenstein is a 1910 film made by Edison Studios that was written and directed by J. Searle Dawley. It was the first motion picture adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.")

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Contact - Opening scene   (youtube.com)
(This opening scene of Contact (1997) is awesome! - S. K. Smith)

Dr. Who

Dr. Who:  The Empty Child   (youtube.com)
(BBC's Dr. Who is the longest running Sci-Fi program in the world. 

 "The Doctor," a Time Lord, regularly regenerates into different incarnations as he travels through time and space, usually with a mortal female companion. His vehicle, the TARDIS, resembles an old fashioned British Police Box, which is bigger on the inside that the outside. Oh, the marvels of science fiction.
Two 2005 episodes, "The Empty Child" and its sequel "The Doctor Dances", are set in Great Britain during the onslaught of World War Two. The TARDIS lands the ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston, and his companion Rose Tyler from 21st century London, back in London of 1941 during the Blitz.  

  Here is another one of my favorite scenes from the 2nd part:  Doctor Who - The Doctor Dances
- S. K. Smith)

Radio Astronomers Receiving Lost Dr. Who Episodes....From Deep Space  (news.dice.com)
(Where life imitates art and Dr. Who and Contact meet! - S. K. Smith)

Fifth Element:  Opera Diva   (youtube.com)
(For a blue skinned alien, the voice of this diva in the Fifth Element (1997) is awesome! - S. K. Smith)
Science of Space Movies is Out of This World   (news.discovery.com)
 ("Last week I snagged a seat for a fun event called Out of This World: The Science of Space Movies, held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles")

Star Trek

Star Trek's classic, "Bread and Circuses," testifies to power of Christianity  (youtube.com)
("...classic Star Trek episode where Kirk testifies to the power of "Son-worshipers" to transform a culture as Christians did ancient Rome.")

The Trouble with Tribbles  (youtube.com)
(One of the most popular episodes in the original series.  - SK Smtih)

Star Trek - Next Generation

The Last 10 Seconds of Every Episode of the First Season of Star Trek: The Next Generation   (youtube.com)
(engaging :).  SK Smith)

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Spoiler TV Movies  (movies.spoilertv.com)
 ("... a comprehensive and up to date spoiler service on all the major US TV shows, Movies and Celebrity Photos.")

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If Movies Were Real   (youtube.com)
 ("funny clip")

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Film Study Guides - SparkNotes  (sparknotes.com)
 ( The Cliff Notes of film.  S. K. Smith)

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Les Misérables (1987) - Do You Hear The People Sing?  (Youtube.com)
 ("From the 25th anniversary of the musical Les Miserables - based on the Victor Hugo novel (1862)  - Les Miserables.")

Oliver - Londons Westend Cast (2009)  (Youtube.com)
 ("Heres the advertisment for Oliver in Londons west end!")

SOUTH PACIFIC Video Montage  (Youtube.com)
 ("A video montage from Lincoln Center Theater's Tony-award winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC")

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Full Episodes from - Watch Free Online on SlashControl  (slashcontrol.com)
(Free episodes on TV)

Hulu  (hulu.com)
(More tv (and movies) to watch online.)

British TV:

Blackadder  (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/)
(One of my favorite Britsh shows .)


Happy Days  (youtube.com)
(One of my favorite episodes.  Richie almost dies.  Fonzie cries.)



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Time Travel:

Pick a year, click refresh, and TRAVEL THROUGH TIME.  (YTTM.tv)
(Gives a new meaning to going to the "time warp, again."  Default at 1987.  It's fun and scary to look back at ourselves, or at least the images we left. - S. K. Smith)

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Corporate take-over:



Memorable Political Films  (FoxNews.com)
( "From the completely comical to edge-of-your-seat action, Fox411 has compiled a list of some of the most memorable political flicks from the present-day to the distant past.")

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All Time Box Office Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation  (boxofficemojo.com)
(Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation )


Be a Movie Producer  (buyacredit.com)
(If you have the pounds or dollars, you, too, can be a movie producer!  S. K. Smith ;) )

The Oracle of Bacon  (oracleofbacon.org)
("...the most comprehensive version of the Kevin Bacon game on the web."  It's been around a while, but it's fun.  S. K. Smith)

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